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Aborted launch astronauts to go to space next spring: Russia

Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin and US astronaut Nick Hague are likely to go into space in the spring after their flight was suddenly aborted, the head of the Russian space agency said Friday. "The guys will fly for sure," Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin said on Twitter, posting a picture of himself with smiling Ovchinin and Hague. "We are planning their flight...

Japan PM Abe to make rare China visit

Shinzo Abe will pay the first visit to China by a Japanese prime minister since 2011 later this month, Beijing announced Friday, in the latest sign of warming ties between the rivals. Abe will visit from October 25 to 27 and mark the 40th anniversary of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the two nations, said Chinese foreign ministry...

1968 Olympics, symbol of turbulent times, turn 50

It was 1968, revolt and upheaval were sweeping the world, and the Olympic Games could hardly avoid being swept up, too. Friday marks 50 years since the 1968 Olympics opened in Mexico City, bringing the worlds of sport and politics crashing together - and broadcasting the collision live around the world on color television for the first time. It was the...

Dinesh Priyantha creates record in Javelin Throw

Paralympic bronze and World Para Championship silver medalist Dinesh Priyantha Herath created a new Games Record of 61.84 meters in the F46 Javelin Throw event as the Asian Para Games continued in Jakarta Indonesia yesterday (11). In a remarkable competition, Dinesh Herath defeated World Record holder D. Devendra who could only reached 59.17 meters placing fourth. India's Gurjar Sundar Singh...

Lanka could complement Dubai, Singapore – Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute

Sri Lanka with its strategic location has the ability of developing into a regional trading and logistics hub to complement Dubai and Singapore, a study on the Indian Ocean Economy done by Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute (LKI) revealed. “Whether this is achieved depends partly on how well Sri Lanka integrates with the vibrant Indian Ocean economy,” the study states.The study aligns...

Tourism infrastructure development drive in North

As part of its comprehensive plans to develop tourism in the Northern Province, the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) opened the newly constructed Comfort Centres at Talaimannar for the use of local and foreign tourists visiting the beach. The SLTDA spent Rs. 20 million for the project benefitting over 1,000 tourists visiting the beach on a weekly basis. It...

Tea prices continue upward trend

The 40th sale of the year concluded this week had on offer a small volume of 4.88 M/kgs, which is the lowest quantity on offer at a given auction since March 2017. Tea prices continue to appreciate for the second consecutive week in the backdrop of a sharp decline in availability combined with a significant depreciation of the Sri Lankan...

SL continues not to learn from past mistakes

It is clear as day for everyone who follows cricket that Sri Lanka’s weakness in One-Day International (ODI) cricket lies with their batting and fielding.The batting since the retirements of Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan has not touched the heights of that bygone era and Sri Lanka’s performances over the last one year or so has resulted...

Constitutional Council approved President’s nomination for Chief Justice

The Constitutional Council has approved President Maithripala Sirisena’s nomination for the position of Chief Justice. The Constitutional Council chaired by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya convened at the Parliamentary Complex at 12 noon today (12).

Record or not, Vonn to retire after 2018-19 season

Lindsey Vonn says the 2018-19 World Cup ski season will be her last, whether she breaks the all-time record for victories or not. Vonn, a four-time overall World Cup champion and three-time Olympic medalist has 82 World Cup victories - four shy of Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark's record of 86. "If I get it, that would be a dream come true,"...
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